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The Hinton Timberwolves continue to look up at the Edson Aeros in the Provincial Division standings and fell further behind the Aeros after a 5-1 home loss Feb. 2 at Bill Thomson Arena.
Bryant Joseph continued his hot hand by opening the scoring with a power play tally at 14:34 of the first period.
But Edson answered with a pair of goals before the opening period ended and then added a couple more in the middle frame – including a pair of power play tallies – to build the 5-1 lead it wouldn’t surrender.
Jamahl Eakett and Max Sturko had assists on the Joseph goal.
Kolter Pawlick made 29 saves in net over two periods before giving way to Adam Robertson in the third period. Robertson made an additional five stops.
Hinton’s record against the Aeros drops to 1-3 with the lone win – a 5-1 decision – coming Oct. 5 at home.
But Hinton has plenty of chances to turn the tide against their top divisional opponent with four of the next five games coming against the Aeros, including a Feb. 7 road game this weekend.
The Timberwolves will visit Edson again Feb. 21 and 22 before the final regular tilt against the two squads Feb. 23 back in Hinton.
Winner of the Provincial Division is guaranteed a spot at the Western States Hockey League championship tournament, the Thorne Cup, which takes place March 31 – April 4 in Colorado.
Hinton had opened the weekend action with an 8-4 win over the visiting Cold Lake Hornets.
Joseph had a big game with three goals and one assist, while Mario De Capite notched one goal and three assists for Hinton.
Brendan Auger had a good night himself with one goal and two assists and Jakob Arsenault had one goal and one assist.
Dimitri Buttazzoni and Damon Belcourt had the other Hinton goals, while Dorian Hall, Connor Kowalchuk, Alim Darmenov, Eakett and Sturko had one assist each. Pawlick made 27 stops in net.
Edson sits atop the division standings after the weekend action with a record of 30-3-0-0, with Hinton behind them at 27-6-0-1.
Cold Lake now sits in third place with a record of 8-22-0-2 and the Meadow Lake Mustangs, which dropped out of the league effective Jan. 26, sits in fourth place with a record of 8-19-0-0.
The Barrhead Bombers, which will host the Timberwolves on Feb. 8, sit just behind Meadow Lake with a 7-26-1-0 record.